The weekend

July 22, 2014

I got some goodies in the mail this weekend.  I couldn't pass up the deals on the J. Crew Outlet clearance sale!!! An extra 50% off the clearance items.  I ordered these cute little things of the girls . . . the seahorse skirt is adorable!!
 

I got these babies for myself . . . they are SO good! only $7.50

I also bought this amazing marble vase from Amazon that I had to share with you . . . It is not sold as a vase; it is a utensil holder for the kitchen, but for a cararra marble vase that is substantial you would have to spend over $100 but this was $21 on Amazon (here) . . . it is a great size! I'll have to get some flowers in it and take a pic for you.

We celebrated my big brothers birthday this past Saturday night at a new restaurant in town, Reunion, and we had a blast (can't you tell from the pic!!) . . . I may have had one drink too many, I may have pretended to smoke peach flavored cigars, I may have gotten locked out my house and had to sleep at my lovely friends house and I may have felt horrible for the whole of Sunday! . . . . those are all "may have's," the only sure thing was that it was a fun night!  I L O V E my big brother so much ; such an amazing guy! Happy Birthday x o x o

My little sister, big brother and an excited me!


My fantastic sister-in-law and I doing our Bond Girl poses (please note I don't smoke and have never been a smoker (it's just not my jam); this was just fun; they smelled so good!)

Some more Bond Girl fabulousness with my beautiful friend Ms. S

clean lines

July 18, 2014

I think I have found some chairs that I want for our formal-informal living room.  I came across them at Ikea and fell immediately in love with their simplicity and angular clean lines ....Introducing the Mellby chair ($250 cloth and $500 leather)




They are a great (cheaper) version of the fantastic Milo Baughman chairs that are gorgeous, but cost a pretty penny (here) or you can scour vintage sites and stores for the vintage versions but they will run you some major $$ . . . some of his beauties






These brass ones above are so amazing!!! Vintage of course


 Doesn't this style/shape look fab in a living room facing a sofa!!!

And what makes this even better is I just found Bemz.com  Have you heard of it or seen it? It is what I have been wanting for years - custom designed covers for IKEA sofas and chairs!!! Why didn't I start this company?  So now you can buy better, more stylish fabric covers for most of Ikeas furniture!!! See these choices for the Mellby chairs (there are many more choices)


chambray linen? Y E S 

moments

July 17, 2014

Have you listened to Katy Perry's "This Moment?"  . . . If you haven't, listen here.  The words are a wonderful reminder and I want to thank my beautiful step-sister, Kristin, for bringing it to my attention.



Here are her beautiful words . . .

Can you tell me
Who called the race?
Can anyone stay in one place?
And when you get to the finish line
Will you wish for more time or say
One day . . . One day you will
But maybe one day you will find
That you just can't push rewind
All we have is this moment
Tomorrow's unspoken
Yesterday is history
So why don't you be here with me?
All we have is this moment
To put our love into motion
Yesterday is history
So why don't you be here with me?
Be here with me now
Do you ever think that
We're just chasing our tails?
Like life is one big fast treadmill
And we pop what is prescribed
If it gets us first prize but you know
Who I . . . Who I think will win
Are the ones that love loving
Are the ones that take the time
'Cause refuge check is right now, right in front on you
Don't let the clock, the clock tell you what to do
If you check right now, I'm in front of you
Baby don't blink and miss
This moment

This constant feeling of having to remember to "live in the moment" and be present at all times because this is the time that matters and these minutes you will never get back is like a broken record playing over and over in my head everyday.  Especially now that we have two beautiful vivacious little girls.  I feel bombarded by people, editorials, blogs, songs, advice to savor every moment, enjoy each second with your kid because in the blink of an eye they are grown and gone . . . and I have to be honest all this A D V I C E panics & paralyzes me.   

I try, I try so very hard to be present in the situation that is going on in front of me but sometimes it is so hard.  When I am driving into work alone or on my morning run I remind myself to enjoy my time a work with my colleagues, to enjoy the time that I get to use my mind and be creative, to enjoy myself at home with my littles and Mr. Hotpants, to enjoy those special moments with my sister, brother, mum and dad and all my little nieces and nephews BUT then the actual real moments come and I am in those moments and I can't remember to be present and to enjoy them.  Life gets in the way of me relishing in these moments.  I feel like life is full of breaking up arguments over toys, time-outs, negotiations and compromises, routines and schedules and in all this commotion I am not enjoying the people in the commotion with me or around me, that I am "losing" all those precious moments.  

But recently I have been wondering if it is the messiness and craziness of life that make up those moments.  What if for this period in our lives (toddler years!!!) our "moments" will be blurry, fuzzy, laughable after the fact, and that is just how this part of our story will be remembered . . . exactly as it was lived.  It is hard for me to give up control, to let things be messy because it is not in my nature but for now, for this summer,  I'm going to try and take life a little less seriously and let it be a little more messy and see how the moments play out.

Deep breath . . .

in with the fresh, clean, white

out with the tense, dark, yuckiness
 










a little gem

July 16, 2014

I found a little gem of a consignment store the  other day right in my neck of the woods . . . I have been meaning to go in but never had the chance until yesterday and I am so glad I did because I found an amazing LBD!

I have followed Elin Kling for a while now.  She is a Swedish fashion blogger with fantastic style.  She collaborated with Guess by  Marciano last year and released a small collection of luxurious dresses, cashmere sweaters and tailored pants.  I loved every piece in the collection.  I never bought any because I never actually got to see them in person and they sold out immediately SO . . . 










you can imagine my excitement when I walked into the consignment store, saw a LBD hanging up on the wall, took it down and it was a "new with tags," never worn, size XS Elin Kling Karin dress (pictured above) for . . . wait for it . . . $35 (originally $360)!!! Better yet I tried it on and it fit like a glove! I bought it on the spot and cannot wait to wear it this Saturday on date night with Mr. Hotpants!  

Here are a few more pic's of it . . . 



 Love this combo! will have to pair it with a cozy sweater like this in the Fall


crushing on

July 15, 2014


Loving this vegan reversible tote in navy and camel from Urban Outfitters . . .  it is a steal at only $59 and I use this type of bag all the time


For my outside dining theme I have been looking for some plain white melamine dinner plates for eating outdoors . . . I always love  the way food looks on a white plate; its like a blank canvas and the food is the art, especially when my Mr. Hotpants is grilling!  I found these and for $2.99 each Ii am going to pick up 12 this weekend.  I kinda dig the bowls too!



I think I strongly need these two jumpsuits in my closet! I love jumpsuits and they are one of my go-to's for date nights because they are so dang classy and sexy . . . these two do not fail in those depts.  (Both from Nasty Gal)








Around la casa

July 14, 2014

I have been trying to finish up some of the home projects up that I am in the middle of . . . 

But first here is something that wasn't on my radar until my mum found an amazing cabinet guy! (He has done lots of work for the Barclay Butera homes and showrooms).  I had him over the other day to price out a built-in window seat at our bay window in the dining/living room area and a built-in cabinet for our bedroom that would serve as a place to "hide" the TV and give us extra storage.  Here are the initial drawings he sent over . . . I want it really simple and although I might tweak the TV cabinet one a bit I am loving the simplicity of them. 

I finally replaced the old hardware on my credenza with these gold beauties.  Originally I was going with something a little more unique (read here) but the more I thought about it, I felt that I wanted the spotlight to be on the actually beautiful tigerwood credenza and not the cabinet handles.  I ordered these round bar pulls and I am so happy with them.  They add just enough without overpowering the piece.




I'm almost finished spraying my new cane back "score" chairs (read here) in glossy black with my new favorite glossy spray paint - Valspar Gloss Spray Paint (I got mine at Lowes)





Oh and thanks to all my Instagram peeps who helped me to chose this fabric for the seat covers: I ordered it yesterday!  So excited to get it and take them to the upholsterer!